Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 17, 2020
For several weeks, or has it been years, I’ve been waiting for an important package to come through the mail. I don’t know why they call it snail mail because I have seen snails crawl faster.
With all our technology today, you would think that mail could come in on a particular schedule, and
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 10, 2020
I thought I had everything organized and in order. It just shows how useless my thinking is these days.
There are many piles in my office and on my desk, and I know what is in each pile. Everything is organized to my specifications. My rule is: if I can't find something, I don't need it.
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 3, 2020
Last week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage came up with a brilliant idea. At least, at the time, it seemed brilliant.
“Why don’t we,” she began, “take Monday off and just chill?”
Since it's been a long time since I did any chillin, I had to ask her, "What do we chill
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 26, 2020
I usually don't complain a lot. When I do I get caught in some dilemma that I can’t talk my way out. You think I would learn my lesson, but I'm still in the learning curve.
It was a long week, and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I had a busy schedule. She went her way, I went my
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 19, 2020
I must admit I don't get away with very much, and I never have. It's not that I never try. It's just that whenever I try to get away with something, it always backfires.
I wish there were a class somewhere entitled, "How You Can Get Away with Anything." I certainly would sign
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 12, 2020
To say the least, and I usually do, this summer has been quite a journey for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself. I can't remember a summer equal to the one we just went through. The fact that we got through it is amazing.
We have been staying at home more often than usual, but
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 5, 2020
It has been a busy week, more so than any other week. Just when I thought I was caught up, something else presented itself without my permission.
That seems to be what life is all about. I remember my father telling me when I complained to him how busy my life was and how my employer wanted me to
Contributed by James Snyder on Aug 29, 2020
After being so long in a lockdown situation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage planned a short vacation time for us. It took her quite a while to put all of the pieces together, but she succeeded as always.
As I was preparing for this little adventure, my wife looked at me and said,
Contributed by James Snyder on Aug 15, 2020
For some reason, this week, I had been thinking of my maternal grandfather. I was named after him, and therefore we had a connection.
I was thinking about him because this month I turned the same age as he was when he passed. I hope there's no connection there.
As a young boy, I would spend a
Contributed by James Snyder on Aug 8, 2020
Some people say we are living in the "new normal." I'm not sure exactly what they mean, and I don't have the time to ask, nor the desire.
If the "new normal" is what I have been experiencing in the parsonage for the last several months, I'm all for it. Let it
Contributed by James Snyder on Aug 1, 2020
Because of the situation we are in these days, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I have spent some significant time watching mysteries. We enjoy a mystery movie.
I have always loved mysteries. I have read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. I have read the Father
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 25, 2020
I’m not a proponent of lying. I don't like it when people lie. If they lie once, how do you know they're not lying again?
Lately, I've been thinking about what the definition of a lie really is. Is there some time when telling a lie is the best to do? And, is every lie a
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 18, 2020
I am not very agile when it comes to finances. Do not get me wrong, I know how to spend money; it is just that I do not know how to save money. Somewhere I lost my little piggy bank.
One of my father's favorite quotes was, "A penny saved is a penny earned." It never made sense to me,
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 11, 2020
There are times when my bad hearing is a blessing. I'm not sure if I'm not listening or not hearing. It’s hard for me to tell.
For example, the other night, right after midnight, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were pretty much sound asleep. There was more sound on the other
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 4, 2020
During the last several months, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I have spent some quality time together. I’m assuming this is quality time, but I will have to get second opinion evidence about that.
Overall, we have been enjoying our time together without any interruptions, as usually
Contributed by James Snyder on Jun 27, 2020
I only made one mistake last week, which is something of a record for me. I try limiting mistakes to one at a time, but not always in sequential order. I once tried to make my mistakes in a logical order, but it turned out to be a mistake.
The one faux pas I made was taking Monday off.
Contributed by James Snyder on Jun 20, 2020
Being limited as to travel and outside activities can sometimes get rather boring. You can be inactive only so long, and then you get in that car that drives you to crazy land.
Finding something to do to keep me from being bored has become somewhat of a challenge.
However, the Gracious Mistress
Contributed by James Snyder on Jun 13, 2020
The past week was an unusually quiet week around the parsonage. It enabled me to do something that I have wanted to do all summer long. Nothing. I am not bragging or anything, but I can do nothing right up there with the best of them.
The week, as all weeks do, started on Monday. For me, there is
Contributed by James Snyder on Jun 6, 2020
If anybody can ask hard questions, the award has to go to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. She knows how to ask a question and, more importantly, when to ask a particular question.
Throughout our marriage, she has become an expert in the area of questionology. There is not a question I can
Contributed by James Snyder on May 30, 2020
Dr. James L. Snyder
I must admit that I do gravel a lot in thinking about my thoughts. It has been a habit of mine down through the years. Thinking is what really makes life worth living, or so I believe.
My father had a saying whenever he saw me staring off into the distance, “A penny for your